Civil War Album

Artist(s): Guns N’ Roses

Cover Art

Guns N’ Roses Civil War Cover Art


Civil War

length: 7:42
producer: Guns N’ Roses and Mike Clink
mixer: Bill Price
engineer: Mike Clink
background vocals: Duff McKagan and Dizzy Reed
bass: Duff McKagan
drums (drum set): Steven Adler
piano: Dizzy Reed
acoustic guitar: Slash
electric guitar: Slash
vocal: Axl Rose
writer: Duff McKagan, Axl Rose, Slash

Look at your young men fighting
Look at your women crying
Look at your young men dying
The way they've always done before

Look at the hate we're breeding
Look at the fear we're feeding
Look at the lives we're leading
The way we've always done before

My hands are tied
The billions shift from side to side
And the wars go on with brainwashed pride
For the love of God and our human rights
And all these things are swept aside
By bloody hands time can't deny
And are washed away by your genocide
And history hides the lies of our civil wars

D'you wear a black armband
When they shot the man
Who said "peace could last forever"
And in my first memories
They shot Kennedy
I went numb when I learned to see
So I never fell for Vietnam
We got the wall of D.C. to remind us all
That you can't trust freedom
When it's not in your hands
When everybody's fightin'
For their promised land

I don't need your civil war
It feeds the rich while it buries the poor
Your power hungry sellin' soldiers
In a human grocery store
Ain't that fresh
I don't need your civil war
Ow, oh no, no, no, no, no

Look at the shoes you're filling
Look at the blood we're spilling
Look at the world we're killing
The way we've always done before
Look in the doubt we've wallowed
Look at the leaders we've followed
Look at the lies we've swallowed
And I don't want to hear no more

My hands are tied
For all I've seen has changed my mind
But still the wars go on as the years go by
With no love of God or human rights
'Cause all these dreams are swept aside
By bloody hands of the hypnotized
Who carry the cross of homicide
And history bears the scars of our civil wars

I don't need your civil war
It feeds the rich while it buries the poor
Your power hungry sellin' soldiers
In a human grocery store
Ain't that fresh
I don't need your civil war
No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no
I don't need your civil war
I don't need your civil war
Your power hungry sellin' soldiers
In a human grocery store
Ain't that fresh
I don't need your civil war
No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no uh-oh-uh, no uh-oh, uh no
I don't need one more war

I don't need one more war
No, no, no, no uh-oh-uh, no uh-oh, uh no
Whaz so civil 'bout war anyway?

Exclusive interview with Slash

length: 7:13

It took, for me to realize what true Guns N' Roses was perceived as, by reading something in the press, or gaining response from some kid at a show, or something like that. I mean, I know what it's suppose to feel like, but I never put a label on it. So, right now it feels great, it feels better then it has in a long time

But there's been so many changes and this and that and other, that I never knew what the fuck it was suppose to be. You know, the definitive Guns N' Roses. It would take, looking at the back of a compilation record, put together by the record company, for me to even get an idea of what that was suppose be. And then I would be, I'm sure would go:

"That's not fucking right at all." And then start analyze it. Otherwise it's just sort of like, keeping what you think you should be doing intact, and pursuing that, not letting anything else sway it. And I feel that's what we're still doing

When Guns N' Roses first started, actually trying to get gigs, we'd be lucky if we could get an opening slot on a Sunday night, if I remember correctly. And we persevered. We went from that, and taking all bullshit, you know, no pay and whatever other pitfalls there were. And then going from that to making a Monday night, maybe a middle slot, and working up the week, you know, working up through the week. And a lot of it was, you know, word to mouth. I mean, we worked our asses off, doing flyers, and do whatever promotion that had to be done, scamming like crazy, I mean, pulling all the stops. Just to continue on, without having any sort of prospects the, you know, the distant future of getting to be a big band

And so we went up the ladder, to me what seems like these tini tiny steps, that when we finally did get to a point that we where successful. It didn't seem like that big of a jump to me

Until we finished the Aerosmith tour in the states, and we were finally off the road after like two years, that we've been on the street. And before that, you know, we didn't live anywhere. So we've been on the road for like ages, physically speaking

But, you know, the tour was done, and we were back on the street again. And not only that we were back on the street again, but everybody we were used to seeing on the street, looked at us completely different. It was a shock. So, you know, we managed to get going to a complete rut from that. And, you know, not loose interest in music, but to loose interest in trying to get to another plateau. We didn't even realize were we've gotten to in the first place. And once we did finally get to a point where we could go back and start performing again. We were on a higher level then we've left at. You know regardless of the slump that we've been in for a while

And, so now we're just doing those same little steps, you know, as we were doing in the early days, only starting from a different level and working our way up. Now that we're headlining and all that, it's hard to look at it as being some supersonic jump from street level to stardom. And it's been a short period of time, I suppose, I mean, we have been together for seven, eight years now. And the whole time has been a struggle. We didn't do like any bands, I won't mention their names, whether we were focused on a top-40 hit and then kept writing top-40 hits until we finally made it and then got big all of a sudden, I mean, we've played from UCLA, all the way to where we are now, everything in between. And gone through, and survived a hell of a lot of shit that most bands, I don't think, couldn't survive. I don't pad myself on the back or anything, but I mean what credits do. We've worked our asses off to get here. And it wasn't like we were looking to be the biggest band, or anything like that, we've just been playing and playing and playing and playing

And we have a lot of ideas, things that we want to branch out with. And luckily, from the albums or the recordings, people have been pretty responsive to it, but that's why we have an audience in the first place. I think the best to keep everything under control, as far as sanity is concerned, and it's not easy, but…

One of the first things that comes to mind is, with everybody else looking at us from a distance, and either seeing us as a bunch of cartoon characters that you just like plug in and then they go. Or people that actually know us and wonder how we can keep it going for so long, or what makes it tick. It's like, the main focus is coming from the guys in the band and the people that are actually hands on the road. And work all trying to keep it together, and it's so personal. And we see what everybody else is going through. And all the individuals that are involved in making it work, become so close that you do it for them. If you start to fall apart, you grab on to somebody else that's holding it together, for strength. And it goes on like that

I think there's a lot of people that can attest to that. So, you know, it's like, if everything seems to fall apart, there's always another couple of guys that didn't happen that particular situation and are doing fine. And you can hold on to them and you make it through the next day. So, it's not an easy thing, you know, you have to sort of, you know, you have to reach for solidness so that you can stabilize yourself